Guidance for Landlords and Letting Agents

By being a landlord you are running a business, which brings with it responsibilities and legal duties.

Landlord Responsibilities

You must provide accommodation that is safe, in a good state of repair and free from hazards. Where it is reported that this is not the case, Stratford-on-Avon District Council can take specific action to compel you to bring the property up to a satisfactory standard.

There are always new items of legislation, regulation, guidance and/or good practice being published that landlords and agents must adhere to ensure that they remain within the legal framework and to avoid penalties and enforcement.

The council is eager to ensure that landlords and agents providing accommodation for rent in the Stratford-on-Avon area are kept up-to-date with all significant developments that may impact them so they can operate within the law and at the highest standard.

Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Alarms

By law, all rented properties must have a smoke alarm fitted on each floor of habitable property. You can be fined up to £5,000 if this is not the case. Also, where solid fuel is burned, you must have a carbon monoxide detector. Please see the relevant Statement of Principles.

Landlord Forum

The council holds a landlord forum as a means of working proactively to build good relations with landlords, letting agents and housing associations that own or let properties within the district. If you wish to register your interest to attend the next landlord forum, please contact us on the details below.

Landlord Accreditation

The council recommends that landlords and letting agents undertake training such as the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS).

General Information and Contact

Our factsheet gives a general overview of some of the issues that landlords and letting agents need to know about.

For further information, please contact us:

Last updated on 30/11/2018

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